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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
4. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 22, 2016, 15:53 NetHead

I think it's rather silly to ban people from things like Twotter of Facespace etc. Mostly because, since they're saying these things publicly it's a great opportunity to potentially get warning about something someone's going to do, or a great way to keep track of the crazies.

With them putting this stuff on the internet for all the world to see, there's no qualms about it being harvested by agencies as far as I'm concerned. So let the crazies make it easier to track the crazies I'd say, rather than trying to ban or prevent them.

As for others not wanting to listen to their nonsense, don't. Ignore or block them if you don't want to hear them.

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News Comments > Sid Meier's Civilization VI Preorder Bonus
8. Re: Sid Meier's Civilization VI Preorder Bonus Jul 22, 2016, 12:03 NetHead
Numinar wrote on Jul 21, 2016, 22:19:
....they are bound to polish it up and add the missing content, just need to wait until a few years after release and get it all cheap.

I wonder how much this actually hurts sales/devs/publishers. Not that I'm against anyone waiting for a "complete" or patched version which often ends up cheaper, I do it aswell (virtually all the time). I'm just genuinely curious how much it effects their profit.

For instance if they came out and released the entire game, fully fleshed out and almost entirely patched (baring a few bugs that are forgivable to miss), would the early sales especially at early prices be worthwhile. What if someone had a reputation of releasing things in a solid state, especially in these times of releasing "release candidate" versions.

I can see and understand them trying to mitigate risk, with the attitude of releasing as soon as possible and patching/adding form there depending on success and demand. Though are they maybe shooting themselves in the toe overall, as more people seem to be reluctant to be an early customer.

This seems to be one of the downsides to digital distribution, patching is quick and cheap, also easy for the customer compared to days of disc (remember getting patches of demo discs from magazines). It's gotten so bad even console games these days make old PC games look solid, contrast that with how old console games were pretty much rock solid from day 1.
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News Comments > Morning Patches
4. Re: Morning Patches Jul 20, 2016, 20:14 NetHead
Bumpy wrote on Jul 20, 2016, 13:05:
Yup, still waiting for Mech single player ala Mechwarrior 2.

Maybe in the next decade.

Mechwarrior 2 Mercenaries, now that was such a great game in it's day. I spent so much time replaying that, doing every branching mission eventually finding out which of the branching missions to do for the best rewards and which layout/mech to use. If I remember right you could even get a salvage in the first tutorial like mission.

It's all so hazy now but I still remember getting a salvage at some insane range with a PPC, couldn't even see the other mech but still hit it in the cockpit.

I still remember the atmosphere of the game so well though, the sounds and colours when doing loadouts and choosing missions etc, hell even the sounds the buttons made lol. It was amazing back then, though tried to replay it some time ago but just couldn't.

A worthy successor to that with modern tech would be so much fun to play singleplayer, while some co-op would just be icing on the cake.

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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
14. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 19, 2016, 17:49 NetHead
Tachikoma wrote on Jul 19, 2016, 16:09:
Luke wrote on Jul 19, 2016, 09:30:
Well bye bye opera you now i the hands of chinese so i am out Book

Opera was dead since going full chrome. Nothing to do with "the chinese". 12.1 is the last decent version, still installed on my machine for nostalgia sake and as a backup browser.

I`ll miss it dearly just as I miss the wild heady days of pre-corporate internet. It was an amazing product, light years ahead of the competition.

There`s that Vivaldi browser thingy now, made by members of the original O-team - however it`s still fully based on chromium so of no interest to me.

Opera was great once, I think it may have been the first with tabs, that I remember anyway. It suddenly made browsing almost pleasant compared to things like IE. I think they even had basic mouse gestures way back then.

They set the bar really high way back then, which makes it all the more ridiculous were we are today.

Each time I'm temped to try it again I'm reminded it moved to chromium which doesn't thrill me either.

Though that also makes me wonder if Opera could be used in place of Chrome for certain things that rely on Chrome. Like years ago playing PoE there was a Chrome addon for item recipes, if ever wanting to use something like that again I'd much rather have a portable Opera/chromium than Chrome if possible.

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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
13. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 19, 2016, 17:38 NetHead
Creston wrote on Jul 19, 2016, 14:27:
descender wrote on Jul 19, 2016, 14:19:
At least it looks like Wired stopped with the full page "stop using an adblocker" thing they had going for a while.

That was hilarious. "We are Wired, and we will force you to turn off your ad-blocker to read our magnificent content!!!!"

*viewership falls to nothing.*

"Guys...? Guys...? Anyone?"

*crickets by moonlight*

I used to goto Wired quite regularly, though stopped well before that forced advert nonsense of theirs (which has never worked properly fyi).

Back when the Snowden leaks were happening, Wired, instead of reporting on it, decided to add their own moral and political views into everything they covered about it. Not only did they do that but they did it in such a blatant way it made me feel sick and infuriated just opening their site or having anything to do with them.

Once they did that, rather than even pretending to just reporting news, Wired has zero credibility as far as I'm concerned.

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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
1. Re: Evening Safety Dance Jul 19, 2016, 02:53 NetHead

I remember using Maxthon when it started out, was great back then, compared to IE anyway. Though left it for Opera and Firefox.

Tried it again years ago but didn't like what they were doing with it, it just felt like it was going in completely the wrong direction, becoming less browser and more other stuff.

These days I feel something similar to that when looking at a newer Firefox version.

Would have thought by now there would be standard default, sensible, gestures with all stock browsers (and a world of other sensible features), along with decent security and privacy related settings. Instead they're to busy adding social this and that to even bother having half decent cookie management nevermind anything substantial.

Hell last time I checked Firefox it still had the long running stupidity of things being able to add Plugins/Extensions to the browser without any user permission or even notification from Firefox. To top that off Firefox wouldn't even allow the user to simply remove them, one would have to go digging into the browsers files editing/deleting things to get rid of them.

It's almost as if it's a damned feature in Firefox to be able to install things into it without permission that are a complete pain and frustration for the user to remove.

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News Comments > Windows Gaming Survey
27. Re: Windows Gaming Survey Jul 9, 2016, 22:30 NetHead
CJ_Parker wrote on Jul 8, 2016, 18:17:
Finally admitting they don't know what PC gamers want...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA right fucking on!

The questions in that survey blatantly show their ignorance, silly assumptions etc.

Primalchrome wrote on Jul 8, 2016, 20:58:
I was disappointed that they tried to keep the word association game positive. I really had to dig to find something positive to check about Razer, Xbox, and Microsoft.

I chose "never heard of them" I'm not going to say positive things about crap lol.

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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Evening Metaverse Jul 9, 2016, 09:14 NetHead

How can this not be illegal. Using deliberately false information to get someone to pay for something or otherwise hand over money.

Sounds like fraud to me.

You'd think with it being done to tens of thousands of people and attempted on many more, there would be someone ripping these people and the company a new one with decision makers getting a free, long stay in a government facility.

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News Comments > AMD Drivers Address Power Issues
16. Re: AMD Drivers Address Power Issues Jul 8, 2016, 09:32 NetHead
Drayth wrote on Jul 8, 2016, 06:26:
Simon Says wrote on Jul 8, 2016, 03:47:
As for "buying into a brand's marketing", that would be relevant if it wasn't so off the mark. My GPU buying history speaks for itself, I never had any preference nor will I ever have any.

No, I said marketing image. Like (but very much not limited to) those who think one company is more evil / good than the other, when really they're both doing what ever it is they can with what they have to cut into the other's sales.

They may both be doing things to increase their own sales/cut into the others sales. Though I would unreservedly say the one doing it with proprietary things that cost more, while trying to lock people into their arbitrary "ecosystem", is absolutely underhanded at best.

It's even worse than Apple doing it. Apple at least goes their own way making their own products/systems altogether.

Here though a company is trying to do this nonsense on the PC platform, what started as the IBM platform which is what it is today thanks to it being open, which is the reason we enjoy being able to buy from so many companies to replace a part.

So it may not be "evil", though it certainly is shitty, anti-competitive and anti-consumer to be trying to carve out their own section within this through superficial incompatibility.

Lets not forget the blatant crap they've pulled like gimping things when not used with their hardware, with a long list both before and after. The word "underhanded" doesn't even begin to describe their behaviour.

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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Mozilla is making it rain. Jul 7, 2016, 19:16 NetHead
RedEye9 wrote on Jul 7, 2016, 18:47:
Silly me, I was worried that Mozilla Firefox might fold.

Honestly Mozilla Firefox probably should fold.

It's become way bigger than it ever should have. It's a freaking browser.

It needs engineers, developers, security specialists, NOT marketers, advertising, accountants, execs.

Used to be a great browser, adding function, features, usability.

Now they're more worried about "Keeping up with the Chromians", social this and that. Being a giant profit machine, following trends (puke).

If engineers still had any say in it, they would at least have made it modular so one could avoid that crap (granted I stopped using it quite a while ago so maybe they have, though I expect they've gone further down that hole from what I see now and then on one of the PC's here that still uses it).

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News Comments > AMD Drivers Address Power Issues
2. Re: AMD Drivers Address Power Issues Jul 7, 2016, 19:04 NetHead
RedEye9 wrote on Jul 7, 2016, 18:43:
From evilsofa at hardforum

So, the "minimal performance impact" caused by the compatibility toggle can be "substantially offset" by improving game performance by up to 3%?

Is this "substantially" the kind of substantial you talk about when discussing how much faster your new generation of video cards is than the previous generation?

I laughed out loud when I read AMD going on about 3% and that substantial offset.

3% is within the margin of error for benchmarking hahaha.

Really, I'm not liking this RTG (Radeon Technology Group) crap or Raja Koduri or certain people they've brought on. They have a mouth as big as Nvidia's and it's running circles around the engineers...

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News Comments > Gone Gold - No Man's Sky
3. Re: Gone Gold - No Man's Sky Jul 7, 2016, 19:00 NetHead
The Raven wrote on Jul 7, 2016, 18:44:
The world is only as interesting as your algorithm. 5 billion unique planets doesn't mean 5 billion unique ways the planet can look or behave....

It's like games which have 500 monsters, all are the same model/mesh/animation, except one part of the creature has a different colour to represent something.

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News Comments > Witcher III: Wild Hunt - Game of the Year Edition Plans
29. Re: Witcher III: Wild Hunt - Game of the Year Edition Plans Jul 7, 2016, 18:55 NetHead
Slashman wrote on Jul 6, 2016, 18:48:
I'm still trying to figure how CDPR can make every single side quest and story all interesting while TES games are so consistently mediocre/bland at it, and Skyrim was less than a third the size of the Witcher 3 game world.

Because Bethesda knows modders will turn their games into something worth buying keeping the sales up.

Why do you think they're so eager to get mods working on the people/customers can fix and improve those versions too while they're at it.

Frankly if you exclude the modding, Skyrim today with all official content is probably stretching it at $15 as a standard price. Bethesda reaps massive financial benefits thanks to mods.

I honestly wouldn't be surprised if Bethesda made a new franchise which was essentially just a freaking sandbox where people are expected to add everything, coming with only some models/skeletons/animations, textures, GUI, landmass etc, the bare minimum. "Create your own game!" as a sales pitch.

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News Comments > Witcher III: Wild Hunt - Game of the Year Edition Plans
28. Re: Witcher III: Wild Hunt - Game of the Year Edition Plans Jul 7, 2016, 18:47 NetHead
{PH}88fingers wrote on Jul 6, 2016, 12:46:
So i got about half way through Witcher 2 but lost my save or something.. got about 20% through W1.

I bought w3 pre-release just to support CDP cuz there are few devs like them anymore,
should I start w2 over or just go for W3 ? (I tend to have game-ADD when it comes to single player games so I'm thinking just skip straight to W3 but hoping I dont miss out on too much story...

I would say it's worth finishing the previous games.

Though I haven't played Witcher 3 as I've been waiting for the Enhanced Edition, oops I mean GotY Edition, but playing the previous ones not only gives you information about the characters but you also get to see the game/series itself grow and improve.

Also Witcher 2 can be finished quite to very quickly. If you avoid running around staring at everything, talking to every single NPC etc, farming for crafting stuff. Could probably knock it off in a single sitting, granted missing many side things, though even a full playthrough could be knocked off in a weekend if you know what you need to do and were to go etc.

Since you've played half of Witcher 2 that shouldn't take long, especially since the first part is the slowest and the later part is the better part, by far.

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News Comments > Evolve Countdown
15. Re: Evolve Countdown Jul 6, 2016, 18:18 NetHead
nin wrote on Jul 6, 2016, 16:42:
NetHead wrote on Jul 6, 2016, 16:29:
The Evolve website is now counting down to an announcement or something

So you have an announcement, about an announcement, for an upcoming announcement?

And Blue has been doing announcements about announcements for awhile now, this isn't new.

Sure, but if this is the standard, 50% of the links may as well be announcements about upcoming announcements.

Though I guess people seem to like ripping this game a new one so entertainment in this case could be argued, as MajorD suggests.
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News Comments > Evolve Countdown
11. Re: Evolve Countdown Jul 6, 2016, 16:29 NetHead

The Evolve website is now counting down to an announcement or something

So you have an announcement, about an announcement, for an upcoming announcement?

I really like Blue's an all, but please don't start that crap with having announcements about upcoming announcements. Such things basically = No News.

The number of times reporting something like this is worthwhile, per year can be counted on one hand, at most.

Companies are also doing this crap more often, all in the hope that people/sites etc "talk" about it. How about we cut their crap and wait for when they actually have something to say rather than hyping ourselves up on their behalf, about some announcement, at some future date...

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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: Action trip down memory lane Jul 5, 2016, 19:46 NetHead
eRe4s3r wrote on Jul 5, 2016, 15:41:
Just browsing the site now makes me wonder wtf the point of it was. The entire site design screams "someone nuke me from orbit" and the top babes seem a relic of an ancient, more sexist time... that, and the site looks broken even before shutting down.. maybe thanks to the weirdly incoherent 2 side-bar design

So goodbye Action trip.. a site that every time I visited it reminded me as to why I love bluesnews more than any other gaming news site

I hardly ever went to Actiontrip, as in almost never. The times I ended up there were when looking for a patch or file for some old game, ending up there from a search or link, which was in turn usually found thanks to a search.

There's been a few times I might not have found that file, or at least have had to search more. So hopefully it's files don't just vanish.

As for the "top babes" thing, it always made me look at the site curiously whenever I found it, until I remembered "Oh it's that site again" lol. Anyway I think it's more stereotyping than sexist, in that it's putting people who visit the site, usually gamers, into a group expecting them to be young/teen males.

Still that wont do them any favours, as people don't go to such sites for "skin". The internet probably doesn't have a shortage of sites serving that demand.

I remember one PC related magazine around here I started ignoring completely because they always had a female model on the cover. Sure it helps provide jobs/income etc for young aspiring models, the female ones anyway, but it just seemed to make it seem cheap even when fully clothed.

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News Comments > On Sale
12. Re: On Sale Jul 5, 2016, 05:06 NetHead
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Jul 4, 2016, 23:57:
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Jul 4, 2016, 12:31:
Valve's a US company though and I'm pretty sure the Competition Bureau has no authority over them in this case. Could be wrong but I think that's the case.

You're wrong. If a company sells a product in Canada, they fall under the auspices of the competition bureau. The same way that if you offer a product in Canada and it has a privacy policy, it falls under the federal privacy act, and provincial privacy acts.

That's pretty much how it works for any company wanting to deal in certain territories, follow their laws or get fined/kicked out.

It's the reason Steam has refunds, they were forced to either have a refund system, get fined until they do or loose access to a market.
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News Comments > Independence Day Tech Bits
6. Re: Nothing hidding in Polaris 10 Jul 4, 2016, 12:45 NetHead
eRe4s3r wrote on Jul 4, 2016, 12:30:
So Vega is an entirely new DIE and CHIP ? If so that would mean by the time it's out, Nvidia is gonna push a TI version of GP104 (it has plenty of headroom) to compete against that with barely any extra development no?

Just seems like AMD is basically doomed to lose what little market share it has left if they don't release some positive press soon. At the latest by xmas tons of people are gonna plan to upgrade.

Yup, and that's pretty much the usual story there, a whole cat and mouse thing. Nvidia also has the GP102, which is what the "Ti" or Titan cards are expected to be based on, meaning then they wouldn't be the same chips as 1070/1080 just cranked up.

Then AMD have Vega 11, then Nvidia still has the full Pascal in GP100, and then AMD has Navi..

and so it goes...

I still think it's going to take months (easily 6+) for us to see how things end up, the dust isn't going to settle until all the cards are on the table. I also still think we haven't seen the real benefit of this node shrink yet.

About AMD's market share, in that regard they're doing it well and that's the reason for them focusing on the lower/mid range first which sell a hell of a lot more than the higher end.

Also since the lower end chips are smaller they get more per wafer, so even before the 480 was released there were more Polaris chips floating around than 1070/1080 chips despite those already having been released first.

For the whole market share thing it's the best move they could have made. Unfortunately that's also part of the reason prices for the 1070/1080 are astronomical.

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News Comments > Independence Day Tech Bits
5. Re: Independence Day Tech Bits Jul 4, 2016, 12:32 NetHead
HorrorScope wrote on Jul 4, 2016, 11:26:
Under-volting.... who knew?

I think I remember that and it made sense. They basically set the upper/higher few power states to the same value (same value as the lowest of those few, obviously). That results in those last few power states being more stable/identical even though the board may still switch between them.

So basically you get less clock speed fluctuations (albeit lower when "maxed"), compared to where the clocks might go racing up until hitting a limit and are brought back down sometimes over compensating (due to heat for example). So it can cut out or avoid those moments of over-compensation which result in lower frame rates at those points in time, so that could result in a more consistent end result and potentially a higher average.
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